PS3, Vita Games Mysteriously Expiring, Making Them Unplayable

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Digital purchases are mysteriously expiring on traditional PlayStation consoles, rendering a random assortment of video games unplayable.

During the last a number of days, PlayStation customers have reported unusual, decades-old expiration dates being utilized to their digital video games. Upon re-downloading the PSOne Traditional model of Chrono Cross, as an example, Twitter consumer Christopher Foose was instructed the acquisition expired on December 31, 1969, stopping him from enjoying the sport on each PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

GamesHub editor Edmond Tran described a similar issue. Making an attempt in addition up Chrono Cross on PlayStation 3, Tran stated, gave him the identical expiration date and time, solely adjusted for his location in Australia. Tran did point out, nevertheless, that he was in a position to obtain the PSOne Traditional from his library and play simply positive on Vita regardless of the sport’s obvious delisting from the hand-held’s retailer.

Whereas at first this felt like an try at encouraging Chrono Cross followers to buy the new Radical Dreamers remaster, Kotaku shortly discovered proof of this identical drawback occurring with totally different video games.

Chrono Cross labored simply positive for content material creator Phrases, but not its spiritual predecessor Chrono Trigger, the license for which one way or the other lapsed 40 years earlier than the sport was added to the PSOne Traditional library.

Steve J over on Twitter requested PlayStation immediately why the expiration date for his copy of Final Fantasy VI was modified to 1969, however by no means acquired a response.

Reddit consumer Gyrocop reported their PlayStation 3 giving them guff about Rune Manufacturing facility: Oceans (subtitled Tides of Future in North America) earlier this week. They had been additionally instructed that their license for the digital buy ran out in 1970. Switching to a distinct console didn’t assist.

Two separate threads on the Vita subreddit shared the identical story, with one poster claiming that their whole library of digital video games remained affected even after attempting options like re-subscribing to PlayStation Plus and manufacturing facility resetting their system.

And eventually, somebody on GameFAQs reported a now-familiar 1969 expiration date for the PSOne Traditional model of Closing Fantasy Origins three days in the past.

The one potential clarification I’ve seen for this difficulty to date entails what’s often known as the “Unix epoch,” or the arbitrary date early engineers designated as the start of the working system’s lifespan. Some bug or glitch on Sony’s backend could also be defaulting PlayStation sport license expiration dates to the Unix epoch, basically telling them they will’t be performed after midnight UTC on January 1, 1970.

Kotaku contacted Sony about these points however didn’t hear again earlier than publication.

Regardless of the case could also be, it’s affecting customers’ means to play video games they ostensibly personal, and that may be irritating as hell contemplating all of the hoops people have already got to leap via to take care of their traditional libraries. That stated, this additionally doubles as a superb instance of why it’s finest to purchase bodily when doable. We by no means know when digital video games are going to simply up and disappear on us, and there’s actually nothing we will do about it when it inevitably occurs.


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